The Challenge of Self-Directed and Self-Regulated Learning in Vocational Education: A Theoretical Analysis and Synthesis of Requirements

Helen Jossberger*, Saskia Brand-Gruwel, Els Boshuizen, Margje Van de Wiel

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    Abstract

    Workplace simulations (WPS), authentic learning environments at school, are increasingly used in vocational education. This article provides a theoretical analysis and synthesis of requirements considering learner skills, characteristics of the learning environment and the role of the teacher that influence good functioning in WPS and foster students’ learning. WPS appeal to students’ selfdirected learning (SDL) and self-regulated learning (SRL) skills, as students are required to work and learn independently in these settings. To achieve individual learning, the environments should be adaptive to the learners’ needs. Furthermore, the teachers should support learners to become competent in the domain but also guide them to become self-directed learners. To do so the interaction between the student, the teacher and the environment is of importance. The proposed model depicts the different elements and their relations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)415-440
    Number of pages26
    JournalJournal of Vocational Education & Training
    Volume62
    Issue number4
    Early online date13 Dec 2010
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2010

    Keywords

    • Workplace simulations
    • vocational education

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